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Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

– Advertisement – The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work. The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy. A statement from the government said “Travellers destined to The Gambia shall show evidence of Negative PCR Test Results conducted not more 72 hours prior to arrival.” It adds that “Isolation is…

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus

– Advertisement – Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has announced. The 35-year-old is “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation”, the FPF said in a statement. Portugal face Sweden in a Nations League group game on Wednesday. The remainder of Fernando Santos’ Portugal squad have tested negative for Covid-19 and are available for selection. Portugal played out a 0-0 draw with France in Paris on Sunday and are top of the group, level on points with the world champions. – Advertisement…

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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial halted over ‘unexplained illness’

– Advertisement – Another major drug producer, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it has paused its COVID-19 vaccine trial. The announcement on Monday night according to the company is due to one of the volunteers coming down with an “unexplained illness.” In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said that under its guidelines, the “participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated” by the study’s independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB), as well as internal clinical and safety physicians. It said “adverse events — illnesses, accidents, etc. — even those that…

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Ghana’s finance minister says Africa deserves more help for Covid-19

– Advertisement – Ghana confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases on March 12; imports from Norway and Turkey. Africa has since recorded more than 1.5 million cases and counting, though, in terms of infections and deaths, we have fared better than most regions. Perhaps this is because of our youthful population, the natural social distancing of outdoor living and experience with infectious disease management — helped by good leadership. Our economies, however, have not been spared. Across the continent, governments are facing falling revenues, rising expenditures, increasing debt distress, and…

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African trade to be impacted by No-deal Brexit and Covid-19

– Advertisement – A No-Deal Brexit compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic could see UK GDP fall by 6% and lose £134 billion pounds annually according to The Outlook for Trade after Brexit report. Thereport, from the leading legal global law firm Baker McKenzie and economic consultancy Oxford Economics, covers four sectors of the UK economy, automotive, consumer goods, healthcare and technology which make up around 40% of the UK’s manufacturing GDP and export 46% of their goods to the EU. The report forecasts the combined economic costs of Brexit and the COVID-19 crisis…

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Singapore will pay citizens to have a baby amid the pandemic

Singapore will offer a one-time payment to aspiring parents during the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s deputy prime minister said the incentive would help reassure people who face financial pressure and are worried about their jobs. “We have received feedback that Covid-19 has caused some aspiring parents to postpone their parenthood plans,” Heng Swee Keat told lawmakers on Monday. “This is fully understandable, especially when they face uncertainty with their income,” he added. Heng said the payment would help parents with expenses, but he did not confirm how much would be paid out.…

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WHO says COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by end of 2020

– Advertisement – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by end of this year. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who gave the signal did not elaborate further though. He said “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.” Tedros made this comment in closing remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board meeting that examined the global response to the pandemic. He called for solidarity and political…

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WHO estimates 1 in 10 people globally infected with COVID-19

– Advertisement – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that its “best estimates” suggest 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. The figure represents more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases, which currently stands at more than 35 million. “Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” said Mike Ryan, the head of emergency operations at the WHO. “It varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it…

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Here are the famous names hit by Covid-19

– Advertisement – From world leaders and royals to sports stars and artists, the coronavirus has hit millions around the world, including the rich and famous. Here is a roundup of high-profile figures affected by coronavirus. Donald Trump The US president tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, upending the already tense US election, but was described by his doctor as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining. Trump, 74, first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive. – Advertisement –…

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Sadio Mane isolating after positive coronavirus test

– Advertisement – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating. The news comes three days after the club said midfielder Thiago Alcantara had tested positive for Covid-19. Liverpool say the Senegal winger has “displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall”. Mane, 28, played for the Reds in a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Monday but was not in the squad for the EFL Cup defeat on penalties to the Gunners on Thursday. A statement on Liverpool’s website added: “Like with…

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